Teaching assistants needed for Africa survey course

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277 Africa: An Introductory Survey

Cross-listed in African Languages and Literature, Afro-American Studies, Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology

Instructor: Neil Kodesh, History

Number of Teaching Assistants needed: 3

Eligibility: Applicants must be UW – Madison graduate students in good standing, making normal progress toward a degree, specializing in the study of Africa in any department, with life and preferably research experience in Africa. Applicants must be free to attend all lectures (T/Th 2:30-3:45) and lead four discussion sections weekly. All discussion sections are scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Appointment percent time: 40%

Duties: Attend all lectures, lead four discussion sections per week, keep grade book, assist in all grading, carry out other duties as expected of teaching assistants

Application deadline: Monday, April 21, 2014

To apply: Submit an application letter stating background, strengths, and credentials; all relevant transcripts; a CV; and the names and telephone numbers of two potential references to:

James Delehanty, African Studies Program, 205 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706

No electronic applications please (unless there are unusual circumstances)

UNICEF Announces Global Citizen Fellowship-Education

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UNICEF LogoThe United Nations Children’s Fund recently announced the Global Citizen Fellowship-Education, a 13-month program that “prepares diverse, committed, and globally-minded individuals for effective leadership in public service.” The deadline to apply is April 25, 2014.

Learn more about eligibility, the application, and other details.

Course Spotlight: Tales of Love and War from Portuguese-speaking Africa

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The African literature this course studies arises from a creative will to bring a new community into being. It is fueled, at the same time, by a desire to undo the destructive legacy of racism and oppression bequeathed by centuries of Portuguese colonial domination. Since, in several instances, this desire led to a protracted armed struggle against the colonial order, this is in a sense a literature born out of violence and war. In the case of Angola and Mozambique, the bloodshed, in the form of brutal and devastating civil wars, lasted well into the post-independence period. Thus, by the end of the millennium, the lofty dream of a free, equitable and more just society lay in shambles. Throughout it all, literature endured, not only as a mode of bearing witness to often unspeakable pain and destruction but as a stubborn reminder that despite the violence, people tenaciously maintained their will to re-invent themselves, to convert the days of blood and horror into the stuff of hope and tenderness, to produce order where chaos had entrenched itself, and to create life and beauty where death had spread its mantle of agony and sorrow.

Sample readings

Germano Almeida, The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo
Mia Couto, Sleepwalking Land
Lília Momplé, Neighbours: The Story of a Murder
Ondjaki, Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret
Pepetela, Jaime Bunda, Secret Agent

Enrollment details

Literature in Translation 226 (FIG)
3 credits
TH 1:00-2:15pm, 1140 218 Educational Sciences
Fall 2014

About the instructor

Luís Madureira is a professor on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His major areas of specialization include Luso-Brazilian colonial and postcolonial studies, as well as Modernism and Modernity in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. He has written two books and published several articles on topics ranging from Luso-Brazilian literature and cinema to early modern travel narratives and postcolonial theory. His current research focuses on Mozambican theatre and the politics of time in contemporary Lusophone fiction.

Course Spotlight: Intro to African Art and Architecture

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Course Description

Yoruba Gelede masqueraders in performance, 1978. Photo by Henry John Drewal.

Yoruba Gelede masqueraders in performance, 1978. Photo by Henry John Drewal.

This course examines the rich heritage of African arts and architecture as they shape and have been shaped by the histories and cultural values (social, political, religious, philosophical, and aesthetic) of African peoples. Classes, organized either chronologically or thematically, will include: artists’ demonstrations, films, guest speakers, museum visits, and performances. We will make extensive use of the African art displayed in the expanded Chazen Museum of Art, as well as others in the Object Study room of the Museum.

Sample readings

Various topics are covered on a weekly basis.  The required text is a course reader to be purchased at Bob’s Copy Shop, 616 University Avenue, 257-4536. Other required readings are in Visona et. al. A History of Art in Africa. Due to the high cost of this textbook, there are five copies (3-hour reserve) in this course’s College Library reserves, listed under the author’s name. If you’re interested in purchasing your own copy, you might try some good websites for discount books: or

Enrollment details

Afro-American Studies/Art History 241
3 credits
MW 2:25-3:15pm, L140 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
Fall 2014

About the instructor

Henry John Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of Art History and Afro-American Studies, has spent more than 8 years living and working in Africa, primarily among Yoruba peoples. He considers himself an arts historian, interested in music, dance, and performance as well as the visual arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture. he became a student of African arts after apprenticeships with two Yoruba sculptors — experiences that changed his life.

Course Spotlight: Africa Since 1940

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This course surveys the history of sub-Saharan Africa from the 1940s through the present day. Students will examine how various African communities have defined well being, pursued prosperity, and imagined collective futures in the years since World War II. Over the course of the semester, we will examine how African communities and individuals have grappled with matters of faith, power, identity, morality and survival in light of major historical processes, including colonialism and decolonization, the articulation of African nationalisms, labor movements, urbanization, global health crises and economic change. We will shift our lens frequently, at times engaging with the big picture narratives of African and global histories, and at other times, focusing in on stories of individual lives and locations. Course materials combine academic texts with memoirs, political and philosophical writings, films, photographs, fiction and works of art.

Sample readings

Binyavanga Wainaina, One Day I Will Write About This Place
James Ferguson, Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order
Steve Biko, I Write What I Like
Mariama Ba, So Long a Letter

Enrollment details

History 105: Africa Since 1940
4 credits
TH 9:30-10:45am, 1140 Gymnasium-Natatorium
Fall 2014

About the instructor

Assistant Professor Emily Callaci is a historian of modern East Africa, with a research focus on twentieth century urban Tanzania. My teaching interests include urban African history, gender and sexuality, popular culture, Islam in Africa, and African intellectual history. I am currently at work on a book about urban migration and cultural politics during Tanzania’s socialist era, from 1967 through 1985.

Badger Herald covers Assistant Secretary of State visit

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Microsoft Word - Document1Following a lecture by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield on March 28, 2014, the Badger Herald composed an article highlighting key points from the address including goals to advance human rights, support democratic elections and empower young African leaders.

“Ambassador outlines strategic goals in Africa,” from the Badger Herald, March 31, 2014.

Assistant secretary of state visits UW-Madison, PEOPLE students

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Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, will visit Madison on Friday, March 28 for a series of events including a conversation with middle- and high school students involved in the PEOPLE Program and an address on U.S. Africa policy.

Read press release “Assistant secretary of state visits UW-Madison, PEOPLE students” by UW-Madison News. 3/25/2014.

Related events on March 28, 2014.

Careers at the Department of State

Public Address on U.S. Africa Policy

African Studies students aid energy initiative in Uganda

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uganda-light-bulbAfrican Studies graduate students Aleia McCord and Sarah Stefanos team-up with others to establish portable electricity in Uganda using bio-gas energy.

Learn more about their work.

Funding for pre-dissertation travel and internships

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship program is now accepting applications from graduate students for Summer 2014 awards.

Global Studies, in collaboration with the area studies centers of the International Institute, annually offers two awards:

  • International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students interested in undertaking practitioner internships abroad
  • International Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research


The program is open to graduate students of any nationality enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The deadline to submit applications is 24 February 2014.

Complete details on the application requirements are available online.




Undergraduate Scholarships in African Studies

The African Studies Program of the UW-Madison is pleased to announce the 2014 UW-Madison African Studies Undergraduate Scholarships, a one-time scholarship program for UW-Madison undergraduate students who are working toward an African Studies certificate or who have completed the requirements for the African Studies certificate. Eligibility is limited to current African Studies certificate students enrolled full time (at least 12 credits) at the UW-Madison Spring Semester 2014 or studying abroad in Africa during Spring Semester 2014.

The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage serious study of Africa by UW-Madison undergraduates, particularly the study of an African language. The review committee will look especially favorably on applications from students who plan to start or continue studying an African language in summer 2014 or during the 2014-15 academic year. However, plans to study an African language are not strictly required as a condition for a scholarship.

Students may apply their scholarships to:

• tuition and fees in summer 2014 (whether for a language course or some other course at Wisconsin or elsewhere), OR

• to tuition and fees during the 2014-15 academic year, OR

• to living expenses in Madison, OR

• to the cost of a study abroad program or a formal educational trip or internship trip to Africa during summer 2014 or the 2015-15 academic year.

Scholarships are not intended to support personal (informal) educational or internship travel.

All scholarships will be for $1,000 and will be awarded in March, 2014. We anticipate granting about 10 scholarships.

 To apply

Write a two-page (maximum) single-spaced essay that describes the following:

(a) your personal and educational history,

(b) your engagement with Africa and African studies — how you came to be interested in Africa and to pursue the certificate;

(c) your particular academic interests in Africa and any course or courses on Africa that have been especially helpful in developing your interests and knowledge;

(d) ideas about a career;

(e) if applicable, your plans to launch or continue study of an African language at the UW-Madison while an undergraduate student (or to otherwise develop greater fluency in an African language while an undergraduate student); and

(f) if applicable, your plans to study abroad in Africa or to undertake a formal educational trip to Africa while an undergraduate student (be as specific as possible about the program you will be participating in and its dates, if known).

 The application

1. A cover sheet (which you will make) labeled 2014 UW-Madison African Studies Undergraduate Scholarship Application, which includes:

• your name and contact information (permanent and current mailing address, email address, telephone number;

• your current major field or fields;

• any certificates — including African Studies — completed or in progress; and

• the name and contact information of one UW-Madison faculty member, instructor, or teaching assistant whom we might (but will not necessarily) ask for a reference. You should tell this person you are listing him or her.

2. The application essay described above

3. All UW and other college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine)


The entire application, including the transcripts, should be stapled neatly together (staple in the upper left corner) and turned in at the African Studies Program office, 205 Ingraham Hall. If you are currently off campus and must submit remotely, send all parts of your application in a single pdf file attached to an email message to before the deadline. The subject of your email should be “Undergraduate African Studies Scholarship Application.” Only submit electronically if you are spending the current semester off campus.


3:00 PM on Monday, February 10th, 2014.